As a child, Bruce Garrett was an unstoppable salsa prodigy on his way to winning the coveted national championships – until a traumatic event ended his career.
Fast forward 25 years and a slightly heavier Bruce (superbly played by Nick Frost) is a shy, introverted man with a serious case of low self-esteem. Overshadowed by his friends and colleagues, Bruce is one step away from disappearing into the wallpaper, until the arrival of his attractive new boss Julia (Rashida Jones).
When a smitten Bruce learns that Julia is taking salsa lessons, he enrols in a local class taught by his former coach. But can he face his demons and dance his way to Julia’s heart, or will he throw it all away again?
Frost shines as the adorably downtrodden Bruce and it’s great to see him finally play the leading man after roles such as the bumbling sidekick in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. His evolution from door mouse to lion is impressive, as are his salsa skills. And keep an eye out for Frost’s Hot Fuzz partner in crime Simon Pegg, who makes an uncredited appearance mid-way through the film.
Chris O’Dowd (This is 40, The Sapphires, Bridesmaids) plays Bruce’s insufferable co-worker Drew, a sleazy Lothario with more chat-up lines then brain cells who is also determined to win Julia’s affections, while a baby-faced Kayvan Novak is hilarious as out-and-proud salsa dancer Bejan.
Directed by James Griffiths, Cuban Fury is a fun-filled, energetic romp through the crazy world of office romances and competitive salsa dancing, with an uplifting message plus fast-paced dance routines and a soundtrack that will make you want to dance yourself. A perfect blend of subtle comedy, drama and romance, it’s an enjoyable film with all the right moves.
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